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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 2, 2003

By Kathleen E. Kear

Black Diamond Firefighters back on home turf following the Firefighter Challenge in Seattle. L-R Mike Hughes, Adam Craig, Hannah Dummer, Josh Farris, John McDougall.

Anyone who has donned full firefighter bunker gear can relate to how hot and heavy that gear can become just moving around on a level surface. Add to that climbing sixty-nine floors as quickly as you can and you have quite the challenge.

Taking on the task of climbing Seattle’s Bank of America’s (Columbia Tower) 1,311 stairs up 69 floors for the first time on Sunday, March 16, were Black Diamond firefighters Josh Farris, John McDougall, Mike Hughes, Thomas Gwin, Hannah Dummer, and Adam Craig. Full bunker gear for each of the participants included boots, gloves, jacket, pants, helmet, mask, and air pack (SCBA). (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 25, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Officer Jamey Meador was introduced during the March 19 council sessions as the newest member of the Black Diamond Police Department.

Meador is the city’s first full-time female officer. “The goal of our department is to represent the community,” said Rick Luther, police chief.

Officer Meador graduated from Western Washington University with a criminal justice degree and went on to graduate at the top 15% at the police academy. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, March 12, 2002

City wants contract to be renegotiated

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Fire District 17 may decide to part ways with the Black Diamond Fire Department, which would leave the district looking for another way to provide fire and emergency medical protection to its residents.

Black Diamond City Administrator Jason Paulsen said last week that the city decided to terminate and renegotiate its contract with District 17. The agreement officially ended Dec. 31, 2001, but the district is still receiving fire services from the city-operated department. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 10, 2015

By Kathleen Kear

Black Diamond resident Joe Androsko (right) took former Fire Chief Keith Timm (left) for a joy ride down memory lane in the Black Diamond Fire Department’s first fire engine—a 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper (rededicated in July 2014 during Miners Day)—to Black Diamond’s fire station. Photo by Kevin Esping.

What could be more fun than warm sunny weather in January? How about a ride in one of Black Diamond’s first fire engines, a 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper, with former Black Diamond Fire Chief Keith B. Timm?

Several weeks ago, Joe Androsko, Black Diamond resident and project manager of the 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper fire engine restoration project, went to pick up former Black Diamond Fire Chief Keith Timm and thereafter went for a joy ride down memory lane in the engine. Although Timm served as a Black Diamond firefighter from 1948-1976 before the engine came to town, he remembered fires being fought with a hose cart that had to be pulled around from one fire to another. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 24, 2009

By Kathleen Kear

Community members and guests filled Black Diamond Community Center where they enjoyed a kickoff event celebrating Black Diamond’s 50th anniversary of being a city. — Photos by Ron Olness.

Quickly running through their regular city council meeting agenda on Thursday, February 19, at the Black Diamond Community Center, Mayor Howard Botts—along with Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Olness and Councilmembers Goeff Bowie, Bill Boston, Leih Mulvihill, and Kristine Hanson—turned his attention to the kickoff event that will begin a year-long celebration of Black Diamond’s 50th anniversary as a city. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 18, 1988

It’s a dark, rainy night. The fire call goes out to the volunteer force of the Black Diamond Fire Department to respond to a call on Pacific Street. Halfway down the street the young volunteers realize they’re on Pacific Place.

Humorous, not quite. But fairly accurate.

It was brought to the city council’s attention last Thursday that the roads of Black Diamond are confusing to the out-of-town driver and sometimes the fire department. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 17, 1997

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Troubled Fire District 17 rebuilds, brings more services to residents

Fire trucks never cease to amaze children, as the smile on this resident proves. Fire District 17, which serves Black Diamond and the Lake Sawyer area, has expanded its services to the communities and put the department on more solid financial ground in the last year. (Dan Delong/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — Officials at the Black Diamond/District 17 Fire Department are feeling pretty good these days.

In the past year, they say, they have turned the department around financially and have implemented a raft of new programs that have increased service to the district’s residents.

“It’s time we let people know what we have been doing,” said Assistant Fire Chief Janine Johnson, who along with Fire Chief R.A. Mercer Jr. took over running the troubled district a year ago. The volunteer fire district encompasses 19 square miles, including the city of Black Diamond and the Lake Sawyer area.

With the possible annexation of Lake Sawyer to Black Diamond later this year, the district is in store for some changes. (more…)

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